UN ESCAP to bring Asia-Pacific priorities to the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in New York

12 -18 July 2018

Is Asia and the Pacific on track to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030? How can governments, civil society and the private sector work in partnership to advance the global development agenda in the region?

These are some of the key questions that the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) will address at the High-level Political Forum 2018 (HLPF) in New York from 11 to 18 July. In addition to providing regional input to the forum, ESCAP will hold a series of side events and other activities in collaboration with Member States and partners including UNDP, ADB and the World Bank.

As the central platform for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs, this year’s HLPF will review successes, discuss challenges and mobilize efforts to achieve SDGs 6-7-11-12-15-17 which include water and sanitation, clean energy, sustainable cities, responsible consumption and production, life on land, and partnerships. Held under the theme ‘Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies,’ the HLPF will meet from Monday, 9 July, to Wednesday, 18 July.

ESCAP will bring regional perspectives to the forum with the following side events and activities. Please see flyer attached for more information on events supported by ESCAP, along with Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) from the region:

Event flyer: http://bit.ly/ESCAP_HLPF

Media Highlights

Times Event Meeting Room

THURSDAY, 12 JULY
09:00-11:00 Implementing the SDGs: lessons from the regions CR4
13:15-14:45 Tracking SDG7: Progress Toward Achieving its Targets CR3
13:30-16:00 Implementing 2030 Agenda in Asia-Pacific: Ensuring the Inclusion of those Furthest Behind Lexington Hotel

FRIDAY, 13 JULY
12:30-14:00 South to South Learning Exchange: Regional Cooperation to build solidarity, strengthen accountability and facilitate means of implementation to achieve 2030 Agenda UNDP
15:30-16:45 The power of partnerships in driving sustainable and resilient societies CR3

MONDAY, 16 JULY
12:00-14:00 Smooth transition of LDCs Graduation - Bangladesh UN Plaza Hilton Hotel
13:15-14:30 Application of UN MGoS Mechanism at Regional and National Level Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea
15:00-15:30 Reporting on regional forums TRI

TUESDAY, 17 JULY
07:30-09:00 Launch of the Inclusive Data Charter (Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data) TBC
08:00-9:30 Breakfast Briefing on UN ESCAP for Permanent Representatives of Member States of the United Nations Secretariat Bldg, 15th floor, Room S-1519r
10:00-11:30 Local Actions for Global Commitments Special Event CR2
18:30-20:00 Regional Commissions Joint Side Event: Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development: regional experiences to promote youth employment and address inequality CR2
18:30-20:00 Toward Sustainable Cities in Asia-Pacific CR5

WEDNESDAY, 18 JULY
13:15-14:30 Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies in Asia and the Pacific CRB
14:15-16:30 ECESA plus meeting CR12
18:30-20:00 SCP in Asia and Pacific for accelerated achievement of the SDGs CR8

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is the regional development arm of the United Nations for the Asia-Pacific region. Made up of 53 Member States and 9 Associate Members, with a geographical scope that stretches from Turkey in the west to the Pacific island nation of Kiribati in the east, and from the Russian Federation in the north to New Zealand in the south, the region is home to 4.1 billion people, or two thirds of the world’s population. The Asia-Pacific Forum for Sustainable Development (APFSD) held annually by ESCAP is one of the mechanisms to facilitate discussion and the formation of a regional perspective on theme and goals.

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Katie Elles, Public Information Officer, Strategic Communications and Advocacy Section, ESCAP, M: (66) 9481 525 36 / E: elles@un.org